In the world, we’re taught that inaction is inherently lazy and that we prove our worth by how much we do.
We admire sleep deprived workaholics. We feel bad when we say no to party invitations. We feel guilty if we’re not available to take someone’s call. We think we’re being lazy when we sleep in or spend the day indoors (unless we’re cleaning something).
We’ve bought into the idea that we should always be busy, and that whenever we’re not busy we should be socializing or catching up on the news.
Our biggest problem is not that we don’t do enough. It’s that we do too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things.
We need to live a more contemplative life. A contemplative life is not a life of inaction though. It’s a life of being mindful of the right actions to take.
Inaction should be our default mode. This is where we should remain until the right action becomes apparent.
P.S. More on this in What Does Silence Sound Like?